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A think tank examines Ukraine's cyberwarriors. A panel has recommendations for CISA. And the National Guard takes on a SolarWinds-style hack. This is CyberScoop for June 23.

Let's talk about Ukraine's IT Army

In the hours and days after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a brutal military assault on Ukraine, key figures in the Ukrainian IT and cybersecurity scene worked to figure out how best to mobilize the country's information security talent to both defend the country and go on the offensive. The Ukraine IT Army emerged as a government-sanctioned, volunteer-run effort to carry out those tasks. But a Wednesday analysis from a researcher in Zurich walks through the thorny questions and issues raised by a volunteer effort that coordinates international cyberattacks on Russia, and notes that Western countries are not fully grappling with the Pandora's box that's been opened. AJ Vicens explains.

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CISA cybersecurity advice panel debuts recommendations

The CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee approved its first-ever set of recommendations on Wednesday. Numbering more than 100 suggestions, the advice covers everything from election security to vulnerability disclosure to cyber threat information sharing. CISA Director Jen Easterly has 90 days to respond, and must approve an action plan for any recommendations she accepts and an explanation for those she rejects. Tim Starks provides the details.

National Guard tests cyber skills on DOD networks

The National Guard recently focused on defending the Department of Defense’s networks during its premier annual cyber exercise, Cyber Shield, a departure from the last several years where it tested skills on state networks. The Guard is typically owned by the governors of their perspective states and mobilized by those governors in what’s known as state active duty to respond to various crises or assistance efforts. However, the force can also be federalized and mobilized, which means it also needs to be versed in how the Pentagon’s networks work. This year’s exercise, which took place June 5-17 in Arkansas, involved service members and civilians from 20 states and Guam. The exercises simulated a supply chain compromise similar to the SolarWinds incident. Read the rest from Mark Pomerleau at FedScoop.


Unpacking key competencies for infosec leaders

As organizations become increasingly digital, business expectations for information security (infosec) leaders are rapidly changing to keep pace. Embedding infosec insights and leadership means that CISOs need to hone in on their executive presence and business acumen—taking on an organizational leadership role that drives cultural change, according to a new IANS Research report. Learn more in the report.

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